The Hero’s Journey of Alan Deprez

What is the best thing that I love about my work? To create (creation is the key). To work on several projects and meet interesting human beings, which are often as passionate as me.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Reaching “self-fulfillment” and to be surrounded by people we can rely on.
What is my greatest fear? Loneliness… Losing close friends and relatives is the worst thing ever. We’re all facing death and the end will be the same for everyone, but it’s quite difficult to accept it.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Sometimes, I’m too much fiery, sensitive and pessimistic. I also have this “burden of sadness” upon me. Especially for these recent years, because I’ve lost many relatives (as my beloved grandmother, who raised me).
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I’d say David Lynch (he inspired me with working in the cinema industry, through many of his works), John Carpenter (a real maestro in his way of making so powerful and iconic genre films) and Stephen Sayadian. He’s s so good at creating bizarre, erotic, rich and crazy worlds. A true genius! I’m so glad that we became friends since his coming to Offscreen Film Festival (Brussels) in March 2017.
What is my greatest extravagance? I’ve got weird ideas and some people can think of me as an eccentric. But what’s the norm, other than a social concept ? I’m a bit spendthrift too.
On what occasion would I lie? To save my ass or not hurting people I love.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?That’s very difficult to crack in the film industry and earn a living with it. Many are called, few are chosen.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I’m on set for a shooting, creating something strong and singular. But that can also be very painful. It’s a mix between several conflicting emotions.
If I could, what would I change about myself? Maybe change some decisions I’ve made in the past. I’d do things differently.
What is my greatest achievement in work? My new genre short film Cruelle est la nuit (Cruel is the night). It’s a very personal work.
What do the words ‘The Financial Freedom to Create’ mean to me? Like a dream. Many are looking for it.
Where would I most like to live? I don’t know. Some say Canada is a great place to live.
What is my most treasured possession? A couple of nice Art books, some vinyl records, a bunch of rare DVDs and Blu-rays. But the most precious things are some stuff that belonged to my maternal grandmother and grandfather.
What is my most marked characteristic? I guess my tiny brown eyes (it’s even more marked when I smile). A guy told me that I see life in Cinemascope!
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The Brussels Grand-Place can be magnificent, but I’d say my own office at home! You’ll think I’m an hermit…
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I love Thai food and especially Yaki restaurant in the center of Brussels (near La Bourse). To drink some beers, I like to join my friends (Belgian actors like Pierre Nisse or Peter Ninane) at the O’Regua, an old school Portuguese bar around Flagey Place. It’s always good fun.
What books influenced my life and how? When I was young, I used to read Stephen Kings’ horror novels. It kinda nourished me and made my love for horror stories grow up. Recently, I’ve read Peter Sotos’ Selfish, Little and it upset me a lot… in a good way. It was so intense and powerful.
Who are my favorite writers? Georges Bataille (Story of the Eye has changed my life), James Ellroy and Stephen King.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths (one of the most beautiful songs of all time – I’d even use the word “graceful” -) or two songs by Joy Division (choosingly) : “New Dawn Fades” and “Decades”. Oh, wait a minute, I forgot “A Strange Day” by The Cure. This song always tores my heart out.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Donnie Darko, the edgy teenager played by Jake Gyllenhaal in Richard Kelly’s self-titled masterpiece.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Morrissey, Chino Moreno (Deftones’ frontman), Elvis Presley, Trent Reznor, Robert Smith, James Dean, Nobuyoshi Araki, Jamie Gillis and Ian Curtis.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Blue Velvet, my “nightstand movie” and the origin of all.
What role plays art in my life and work? Life is art and art is life, isn’t it ?
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? It’s hard to say. My maternal grandmother was my biggest fan and my greatest support. So let’s put the focus on some Belgian over-talented actors and friends like Pierre Nisse (he has true genius in his madness – a bit like Klaus Kinski -) and Arnaud Bronsart (he acts like he’s breathing).
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? A real producer able to support my various projects. I’d also be very glad to direct video clips for artists I love like Monolithe Noir, Hyacinthe, L.O.A.S., Tomalone, etc.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Gaspar Noé and David Lynch. I’ve hardly seen him at Cannes Film Festival. He’s like a rock star there. He was like a meter in front of me and people trampled me…
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? A web series : a comedy about sexual disorders and sex education, starring Sarah Woestyn and Pierre Nisse. Writing a new short film (on a bigger scale) and maybe a feature film. We’ll see.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? Cruelle est la nuit (Cruel is the night) will be continuing its career in cinema festivals. So you’ll be able to meet me at some fests and conventions.
Cruelle est la nuit (Cruel is the night) IMDb page : www.imdb.com/title/tt6422636/
Cruelle est la nuit (Cruel is the night) official Facebook page : www.facebook.com/cruelleestlanuit/
This is my new genre short film (home invasion). For now, after less than a year in cinema festivals, it’s got more than 30 selections and has won 5 awards.
. to buy some books and fanzines (in french) I wrote papers in : Darkness Collection – books about cinema, taboos and censorship – (www.edition-lettmotif.com/darkness-censure-cinema-2/), Médusa fanzine N°28 (http://lapetiteboutiquedemedusa.tictail.com/product/medusa-fanzine-n28) and CinémagFantastique magazine N°5 (http://lapetiteboutiquedemedusa.tictail.com/product/cinemagfantastique-n5).
. you can also find a very great interview of me (speaking about my short film Cruelle est la nuit, my love for cinema, etc.) in Vidéotopsie fanzine N°19 : http://lapetiteboutiquedemedusa.tictail.com/product/videotopsie-n19
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Passion is fundamental : always burn with enthusiasm and never lose the “sacred fire”.
Who should Peter invite to tell their story? I think Peter should contact the electronic music artist Monolithe Noir (he’s a friend of mine) : www.facebook.com/noirmonolithenoir/
How can you contact me? You can contact me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/alan.deprez) or at vivadavidlynch@gmail.com.

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